Shilpa wins Big Brother and jolly good too!
Well, it was bound to happen. The odds were in her favour. Shilpa takes home prize money of £100,000 (Rs 87 lakhs) plus Rs 3 crores (almost) that Big Brother is paying her for just participating in the show. The Times Now channel has also reported that Shilpa has been offered a lucrative deal to host another reality show and and Indian film director wants to make a Bollywood film with her and Jade Goody. If all this isn’t enough, Shilpa has got an invite to a dinner in the House of Commons.
For Shilpa, someone who is not an ‘A’ list Bollywood star in India, being known all over Britain…perhaps the whole world…is a very big deal. No wonder Shilpa was all praise for Britain for ‘giving me so much’ once she was out of Big Brother House. She also said that she was glad that she took the decision to take part in Big Brother.
Its been a Big win for Shilpa for other reasons too. She beat 13 other inmates of the Big Brother House by bagging more than 60 per cent of the votes and it is believed that not just British Asians but the local British people voted for her too. Her friend Germaine (the elder brother of Michael Jackson) was the runner-up.
When Shilpa found out that she had won, she let out a scream…! She is absolutely thrilled with the way things have turned out and has no regrets even though she had a bad time initially. It was precisely because she was the underdog in a racially charged atmosphere where she was picked on and insulted by her housemates that she won! We all know how the British love the underdog…
This is what she said to IBN in her usual gracious way:
“Things happen and people make mistakes and we are all human beings and we are all fallible, an ecstatic Shilpa was quoted as saying, after emerging victorious from the Big Brother house.”
Two good things have come out of this show.
1) It is thought that this episode has done a lot to highlight the racism issues in Britain.
2) People have realised how sick and vile a programme like Big Brother can get!
But this is not the last you hear of Shilpa Shetty and Big Brother. There are strong indications that Channel 4 will start negotiating a heavy price to air these episodes on Indian television.
(Picture sourced from IBN)
30th Jan: News channels are reporting that Shilpa could earn a mind-boggling figure of a hundred million pounds in the next couple of years! Interviews, modeling contracts, television shows and movie roles.
6th Feb: Two Four Broadcase Ltd., a London based production company is in India to make a documentary on Shilpa Shetty. They went to Chembur where Shilpa went to school and talked to her friends. They want to show that whatever Jade Goody accused Shilpa of was lies, and that Shilpa comes from a good, cultured background. The film will be aired in the UK on the 19th of February.
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